Sci-fi fans have been salivating at the thought of a proper new Alien sequel — but it seems Ridley Scott’s Prometheus followup has left Neill Blomkamp’s proposed sequel on indefinite hold.
It initially sounded like Blomkamp’s sequel, which he basically willed into existence with awesome concept art, was set to hit the fast track with original stars Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn rumored to return. But when Scott got serious about making his Prometheus followup Alien: Paradise Lost, the studio bumped Blomkamp’s pitch to the back burner. Turns out, it’s having a hard time getting loose.
The director took to social media in an effort to let fans know what was happening with the project. It’s not good news.
alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things... as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley— Иeill BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015
After blowing everyone away with District 9, Blomkamp has had a hard time making a really good movie the past few years. But he seemed genuinely passionate about the Alien franchise, and the material he was generating was positively awesome. So there’s at least some hope this could’ve been the project to get him back on track. Alas, now we may never know.
But take solace in the fact that Paradise Lost is set to film next year for a May 30, 2017, release date. We'll take whatever Alien stuff we can get.
(Via Neill Blomkamp)